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The Life and Legend of the Sultan Saladin (Paperback)
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The Life and Legend of the Sultan Saladin (Paperback)

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Published: 23/07/2020
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As meticulously researched as it is tremendously exciting, Phillips’s bravura life of the great Muslim warrior resounds with swashbuckling conflict and religious zealotry as the author recounts Saladin’s journey from Kurdish comfort to ferocious leader. Expansive, evocative and exhilarating, The Life and Legend of Sultan Saladin is narrative history at its finest.

An epic story of empire-building and bloody conflict, this ground-breaking biography of one of history's most venerated military and religious heroes opens a window on the Islamic and Christian worlds' complex relationship.

When Saladin recaptured Jerusalem from the Crusaders in 1187, returning the Holy City to Islamic rule, he sent shockwaves throughout Christian Europe and the Muslim Near East that reverberate today.

It was the culmination of a supremely exciting life. Born into a significant Kurdish family in northern Iraq, this warrior and diplomat fought under the banner of jihad, but at the same time worked tirelessly to build an empire that stretched from North Africa to Western Iraq. Gathering together a turbulent coalition, he was able to capture Jerusalem, only to trigger the Third Crusade and face his greatest adversary, King Richard the Lionheart.

Drawing on a rich blend of Arabic and European sources, this is a comprehensive account of both the man and the legend to which he gave birth, describing vividly the relentless action of his life and tracing its aftermath through culture and politics all the way to the present day.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099572749
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 375 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 129 mm


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'Superb, highly readable and definitive ... One of the world's leading crusades scholars ... Phillips's narrative of Saladin's career is vivid and judicious, punctuated by set pieces that charge along like battle scenes from Game of Thrones.' - Dan Jones, Sunday Times

'Superbly researched and enormously entertaining ... one of the outstanding books of the year.' - Gerard DeGroot, The Times

'An authoritative and brilliantly told account of the life of one of the world's greatest - and most famous - military leaders. Jonathan Phillips leaves no stone unturned in this impressive and lively history of the genius who was Saladin.' - Peter Frankopan, author of The Silk Roads

'Outstanding. Jonathan Phillips has written a compelling account of arguably the most inspirational of Islamic military heroes.' - Chrostopher de Bellaigue, author of The Islamic Enlightenment

'Fascinating, authoritative and intelligent.' - Spectator 

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“The legend brought to life”

Saladin I’d always heard little snippets about him as a child this book brings him to life brilliantly the author delves in to his times and politics and shows how even to this day his relevance well recommend this... More

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